Manga Sensei

Manga Sensei offers multiple free options for learning Japanese, including a daily grammar podcast, a daily Kanji video on YouTube, a 30 day basic grammar challenge, and an original manga strip that teaches different grammar and cultural lessons. The latter follows the Yamaguchi Family as they travel Japan and meet interesting characters and grow up. Each weekly theme is written by Japanese natives for all … [ Read more ]

The Ultimate Guide To: は vs が (The ONLY lesson you need!)

This forty minute video by YouTuber Misa from Japanese Ammo might be one of the only resources titled “ultimate” and “the only lesson you need” that I actually believe. Misa breaks down the particles and and explains the differences in depth with multiple examples and on-screen text and translations.

and can be a major struggle for English … [ Read more ]

Ultra Handy Japanese Verb Conjugator

Enter the dictionary form of a Japanese verb and click the button.

Editor’s Note: I haven’t used the site yet, and based on the description the conjugation is based on a programmatic algorithm which may or may not be robust enough to do the job. But, it seems like a good addition to the online Japanese language learning universe.

The Causative/Permissive

A download from the JapanEd site (basically a site to promote the books “Understanding Japanese Verbs & Adjectives” and “Techniques for Japanese-English Translation”) which offers, I think, a very good overview of the complexities involved with using the causative/permissve verb form in Japanese.

The “Passive”

A download from the JapanEd site (basically a site to promote the books “Understanding Japanese Verbs & Adjectives” and “Techniques for Japanese-English Translation”) which offers, I think, a very good overview of the complexities involved with using the passive verb form in Japanese.

The Quick and Dirty Guide to Japanese

The Quick and Dirty Guide to Japanese is a canonical classic of the Internet community. Posted years ago on the sci.lang.japan newsgroup, this guide appears in a multitude of pages written by folks such as myself, devoted to the learning of the Japanese language.

Usually the guide is presented in a plain-text-only format. I recall running across a similarly html-lized version a year or two ago, … [ Read more ]

Lessons in Japanese on WagaWiki

Part of TJP’s WagaWiki, this site offers quite a bit of grammar explanations, mostly at the basic and advanced basic levels. Note that the main page says later grammar pages are under continuing revision and aren’t shown but in fact if you click the link on those pages at the top the content does exist…

日本語阜サ文型辞典

A compilation of Japanese grammatical expressions – completely in Japanese.

Nihongo Notes

Some grammar notes posted back in 1996. The first three items are useful and easily comprehended but the last three items are more appropriate to a linqguistic conversation/study only.

Nagoya University CMJ Grammar Online!

This online tool/program is designed to help you practice and review basic Japanese grammar. It covers many of the grammar points taught in the book A Course in Modern Japanese (CMJ). [hat tip to Nihongojouzu.com]

CMJ Grammar Online

This CAI program is designed to help you practice and review basic Japanese grammar. It covers many of the grammar points taught in elementary Japanese language courses.

The program is based on A Course in Modern Japanese (CMJ), Volumes 1 & 2 (Nagoya University Japanese Language Education Research Group, University of Nagoya Press, 1983). If, while working with the program, you have any questions concerning … [ Read more ]

Nihongo Resouces

In addition to Japanese dictionary functionality, this website offers:

  • free online lessons at a university level (you need to know the kana if you want to take these lessons)
  • a free grammar book (almost 400 pages, PDF)
  • a good section for learning the writing systems, which includes history and useful diagrams
  • a kanji learning section that splits up the 1945 jouyou (常用) kanji into 5

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Tim’s Takamatsu: Language

A collection of online and .pdf files covering basics of Japanese grammar. I personally found the Japanese Verbs section to be the most useful and comprehensive.

Sentence Ending Particles

In Japanese, there are many particles that are added to the end of a sentence. They express the speaker’s emotions, doubt, emphasis, caution, hesitation, wonder, admiration, and so on.

Japanese for the Western Brain

Kim Allen offers this basic look at Japanese grammar. She has written several “chapters” as a series of short articles on topics related to the chapter title. The divisions are not perfect; there is some overlap and some mixing of categories. It is important to note that each chapter phases from basic to advanced material. Hence, the beginning student will understand the beginning of each … [ Read more ]

A Logical Japanese Grammar

Mash Satou offers this overview of Japanese grammar (available in HTML online or as a PDF download). Topics include:
– Pronunciation
– Loan Words from English
– Parts of Speech
– Word Orders
– Correspondence of Pronouns, Cases, Articles, Interrogatives
– Nouns, Adjectival Nouns, Verbal Nouns
– Verbs, Adjectival Verbs, Auxiliary Verbs
– Particles
– Uniformed Regular … [ Read more ]

Jim’s Japanese Grammar Summary

This summary of some basic Japanese grammar has been derived from the Japanese grammar text books that were used at Swinburne University when I was studying Japanese there in the 1980s. I copied these points into a small notebook to use as revision while travelling, etc.. I have decided to key them in and make them available as a WWW page which can supplement Keith … [ Read more ]

A Japanese guide to Japanese grammar

Most textbooks try to teach you Japanese with English. That want to teach you on the first page how to say, “Hi, my name is Smith,” but they don’t tell you about all the arbitrary decisions that were made behind your back. They probably decided to use the polite form even though learning the polite form before the dictionary form makes no sense. They also … [ Read more ]

Wikipedia Japanese grammar

A detailed (and growing) entry on Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia.

Fast Track – 100 Grammar & Useful Phrase Bits

Watered-down, understandable, bite-sized grammar helps. Perhaps by knowing these basic Japanese grammar points, you will be able to communicate in Japanese limited only by vocabulary and guts! Of course this list is a simplified grammar, and is only an introduction to the grammar points.